How to Pass Any Examination: 10 Practical Tips

How to Pass Any Examination: 10 Practical Tips
August 8, 2013 Yomi Jegede

There are different kinds of exams, some are more difficult than others but the same techniques can be used to tackle all of them. No matter how difficult an exam may be, there is usually at least one person that gets a pass mark, that person should be you. The techniques in this article are very practical and they are applicable to any exam at all.

Prepare: prior proper planning prevents poor performance. You should always create enough time and space for your preparation. No matter how easy an exam may be, you still need to be well prepared for it. Exams are meant to test your ability and one of the abilities it seeks to test is your ability to read and comprehend. Never go into an exam hall without absolute conviction that you have done your best to prepare for that exam.

Take notes as you read:  there are two major benefits of taking notes. The first is that it helps you to better understand what you are reading. Sometimes when you are writing an exam, you may have totally forgotten what you read but you somehow manage to remember what you wrote. Note taking also makes future reading easier. When you are reading for the second, third or fourth time, all you need to do is pick up the notes you have made and read instead of going through the whole book again.

Understand the marking scheme: this is one thing I try to do before sitting for any exam. You should find out which questions carry the most points especially in cases where you have both essay and multiple choice questions. This will help you to set your priorities right and effectively manage your time.

Believe in yourself: this point cannot be overemphasized. Always believe in yourself and your ability. Your attitude to any exam should be; “if only one candidate will pass this exam, it will surely be me”. This kind of faith will put anything you want in your hands.

Treat past questions: past questions are often repeated in a lot of examinations. But even when they are not, questions are usually set with the same structure every year. Treating past questions will give you a good idea of the types of questions to expect and what to do when faced with similar questions. Another advantage of treating past questions is they boost your confidence. Your confidence increases with every question you answer correctly.

Sleep early the day before the test: I’ve been guilty of this in the past. One advantage of having enough preparation is your mind will be at rest the day before the test. Do all your preparation before that day and make sure you get enough rest on the night before your exam. This will help you to remain alert and fresh throughout your exam and you won’t sleep off in the course of the test.

Time your paper: allocate time to every section or every question as appropriate before you begin writing. One of the common reasons for exam failure is inability to complete the test before time. You can avoid this if you will simply time yourself. It will help you not to spend too much time on any question and it will also keep you on track throughout your exam.

Understand each question before answering: this is one mistake a lot of people make during examinations. Whenever they see a question that looks like something they’ve seen before, they get excited and choose a familiar answer. The difference between two questions may be something very minute like not but that completely changes the answer, I’m sure you’ve been there before. In order to avoid this kind of silly mistake, treat every question like you’ve not seen it before no matter how familiar it may look and make sure you get the correct interpretation before you provide an answer.

Obey examination rules: disobey the rules and get disqualified. You might have gotten away with this many times in the past but don’t forget that “every day is for the thief but one day is for the owner”. The rules are simple, do yourself a favor and stick to them. This will actually allow you to focus better on what you have in front of you rather than turning your head like an antenna seeking signal.

Don’t annoy the examiner: make sure you write clearly such that the examiner doesn’t have to stress himself to see, ignore this and you are in danger of failure. Also, obey simple rules like do not write in the margin and the likes, there are some very angry examiners and you won’t like to be their scapegoat. Before I forget, don’t answer five questions when you are to answer just four. The examiner might think you are trying to play on his intelligence.

You see these are very simple rules but as simple as they seem, they can help you pass any exam. Obey them and you are good; ignore them and be doomed.

Kindly leave a comment below. Let us know what other rules we need to obey and whichever one you disagree with.

Comments (30)

  1. Afam Echi 6 years ago

    Your exam tips makes a lot sense and can help any candidate to achieve. Shares in your leadership vision and wish i would have opportunity to contribute through sharing of ideas. At a modest level provides some mentoring to young and needy ones seeking directions.


    • Author
      Abayomi Jegede 6 years ago

      Thanks so much Afam.
      I would love to have a chat with you on the opportunity to contribute.
      If you’re interested, mail me on
      Thanks again

  2. Titi 5 years ago

    Tankx alot datz gud

  3. i like this page but i have a question. How about a person who dosnt have anopportunity to abind by these 10 rules?

  4. Divine 4 years ago

    If u want to pass any exam the best thing u have to do is to pray and also encourage ur self and have faith that u must pass

  5. maltos 4 years ago

    your exam tips definitely help me on my exam I would like to thank you so much nd I will continue using your tips in my day to day study

  6. ilaura napoleon 4 years ago

    I rili wanna tank u 4 dis post. It has helped me xo much n am glad to come across dis stuff

  7. getrude kamwendo 4 years ago

    thanks guys for the article it has really helped mi very much

  8. prince Akinyemi 4 years ago

    Brilliant article, Abayomi

    Very informative and easily actionable. You must convert it into a PDF and use it as a lead generating magnet. I’ts that good. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Author
      Abayomi Jegede 4 years ago

      Thanks Sir!
      Never thought about using this for lead generation but I’m considering it now

  9. Ifunanya Rhoda Chikodiri 4 years ago

    I really enjoy dis post,thanks a lot, but what can make someone to read and forget?

  10. Bisola 3 years ago

    This post is reali encouraging,bt there re sometimes u would try veri hard to meet someone in d klaz (educational aspect),bt it is still difficult,plz yy??

    • Author
      Abayomi Jegede 3 years ago

      The issue most times is you are trying to compete, you can’t do that. Everyone is different and you need to know what works for you. Stop trying to catch up with others, you should actually strive to be the best and create the competition instead!

  11. Yovesh 3 years ago

    If i pass you will be god to me

  12. Ashley 3 years ago

    I need you too help me understand what i am reading so i can pass my life insurance test

  13. Priscillia 3 years ago

    Whoah such a brilliant idea but do u read without craming

    • Author
      Abayomi Jegede 3 years ago

      Yes. I’m actually very good at cramming but I stopped cramming a long time ago, the issue with cramming is you forget what you read after the exam and you are unable to use that knowledge in the future. I will advise you read everyday especially after each lecture, it’s easier to understand when you read in bits. If you read everyday, you won’t need to do any heavy reading by the time the exam actually comes

  14. Very interesting article… Thank You

  15. Solomon 3 years ago

    It Is Appreciative I Love It Thanks


    Great job well done sir, we really appreciate.

  17. Ricky patrick 2 years ago

    This is a help to me,because i need it.

  18. Shifah 2 years ago

    I think this is good advice and i will use it in this last year of mine in high school

  19. Yomi Olaniyi 2 years ago

    I would like to have an academic talk with you sir

  20. Ngozi 2 years ago

    thanks I believe that I can use this cause I am beginning to get discouraged, cause after reading for exams and feeling that I wrote well,my result will be very bad and am yet to find out were my fault s from

  21. Jai 2 years ago

    It’s actually a nice and useful piece of information about examination . I am glad that you just shared this helpful info with us.

    Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing

  22. olalere abeeb 2 years ago

    math and English

  23. Melvin 1 year ago

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  24. PRISCILLA 12 months ago

    Thank you so much sir …
    I love this information
    God bless you

  25. Lasisi A. O 10 months ago

    God bless you. I will like to buttress on the note jotting while studying. Study has shown that there are connectivities btw the hand and the brain. If you are able to jot down smth during exam preparation, it is easier to pass. Also, have and maintain good diet intake during exam period. Reduce stress b4 exam as to avoid unwarranted sickness. Rest and reward ur self when u are doing well in d exam.

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